“It’s not a beauty contest,” said Stanford head coach David Shaw, “it’s a football game and thankfully, we were able to win it.”
Stanford coasted to a 49-7 romp of the Oregon Ducks Saturday. Here are some notable statistics from the game and season so far:
Both senior quarterback Keller Chryst and the Cardinal defense had their best performances of the season as No. 23 Stanford (5-2, 4-1 Pac-12) blew out the Oregon Ducks (4-3, 1-3) 49-7 on Saturday night at Stanford Stadium.
Coming off the road victory at Utah where Stanford used two quarterbacks with relative success, head coach David Shaw seems prepared to play both senior Keller Chryst and redshirt freshman KJ Costello for the second straight game this Saturday vs. Oregon.
Last year, Stanford’s defense seemed to lack that one star in its linebacker core. Coming off the departures of Martinez and Anderson, the Cardinal’s lack of experience occasionally reared its ugly head. And when thinking about the brutal losses to Washington and Washington State last year, although there was trouble for Stanford all over the field, an overwhelmed linebacker unit carried a share of the blame for the Cardinal’s inability to come up with stops.
Despite missing starting quarterback Keller Chryst and running back Bryce Love to rehabilitation, the annual spring football game featured a display of young talent for the Cardinal (offense) on the running game in their 37-30 victory over the White (defense) while senior QB Ryan Burns strengthened his case for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart with 10-15, including a 38-yard seam TD pass to sophomore Donald Stewart.
Today’s question: The Trojans, as usual, boast tremendous talent all over the field. Which USC position group do you see giving Stanford the most trouble, and what will the Cardinal need to do to respond?
Launching into their full-on game week routine, on Sunday the Stanford Cardinal released their depth chart for the season-opening tilt against the visiting Kansas State Wildcats, providing further clarity as to the state of a number of fierce position battles during training camp. Unlike last season when the Cardinal made liberal use of the “OR” designation…